Travel to Gatwick – Christmas 2013
We’ve received notification that Network Rail will be undertaking vital improvement works on the Brighton main line replacing a major rail junction near Purley, upgrading signalling at Victoria and working on a new platform at Gatwick Airport station. As a result of these works a revised Southern service will operate during the Christmas and New Year period.
This will be affecting the Gatwick Express service and this will not be running between Wednesday, 25 December and Wednesday, 1 January inclusive. Other rail services to Victoria and to London Bridge, City Thameslink, London Farringdon and Clapham Junction and rail links to destinations all around the UK may also be affected. Revised timetables will be in operation.
We’re advising our Customers to allow more time than normal for their journey, to plan their route carefully and to try and find alternative transport where possible.
Southern have some very useful information about Christmas train services which can be accessed via this link: Christmas train services
You can also get Specific journey details be visiting National Rails website at nationalrail.co.uk or by calling them on 08457 48 49 50.
ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization
It is mandatory for anyone travelling to or transferring through the US under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme. The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov or the Visit USA Website at www.visitusa.org.uk where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found. Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply. Travellers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US.
Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline.
The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless.